Join Operation Rainfall to help get Wii JRPGs localized

As JRPG fans, we usually begin anticipating a game before it's even announced outside of Japan, and that usually means crossing our fingers and waiting to see if it gets localized for our country. Lamentably, all too often these games never see a broader release. In the case of Wii-exclusive JRPGs, one group is actually doing something about our plight - Operation Rainfall, a fan-organized group dedicated to pressuring Nintendo of America to localize specific JRPGs for North American release. They have a plan, and they need your help.

Above: Xenoblade Chronicles

Online petitions are usually laughably impotent at actually effecting change, but what makes Operation Rainfall different is its organized efforts to comprehensively target specific games and petition on their behalf through all possible means - physical mail, emails, messages on Nintendo's Twitter and Facebook page, phone calls, and so on. The three games they're focusing on to begin with are Xenoblade Chronicles (also called Xenoblade in Japan and previously announced as Monado: Beginning of the World), The Last Story, and Pandora's Tower (box art pictured right).

Perhaps most persuasively, the campaign has directed fans to preorder Xenoblade Chronicles via its Amazon placeholder page, to show Nintendo that there is in fact interest from North American fans. The collective effort was so successful that the game reached #1 in Amazon's top 100 games sales list on June 25th.

The Operation Rainfall campaign has a larger goal of getting more Japan-only JRPGs localized for North America, but what makes it effective is its targeting of specific games. Xenoblade Chronicles and The Last Story both have tentative plans for release in Europe, so let's hope Nintendo of America takes notice and brings them here too at the same time.

If you want to help, head to Operation Rainfall's official site for more information.

Jun 27, 2011




  • Tangerine - June 28, 2011 8:41 a.m.

    I didn't know there were already European releases scheduled for some of these. Thanks for the info guys :)
  • Shenlong4517 - June 28, 2011 4:28 a.m.

    BROTHERS! My AAI2 itch has been raging for months now. The Last Story has also piqued my interest since it was announced. We need some serious changes affected immediately in the translation process here; my full support goes to Rainfall here.
  • Letter11 - June 28, 2011 3:48 a.m.

    I was very close to importing the Last Story and my Kanji skills are pretty sub-par so I would I have lost a lot of the story. I hope this works out. There's a serious quality JRPG gap these days and I'd love to play these games. Ni no Kuni is another game I hope crosses borders.
  • Ironarm - June 28, 2011 12:08 a.m.

    @shawksta I think I found a new best friend. I WANT ME SOME ACE ATTORNEY INVESTIGATIONS 2 NOW!
  • shawksta - June 28, 2011 12:04 a.m.

    Considering Sin and Punishment: Star sucesssor made it to the US,despite the first being in japan only, we'll need to do our best! Speaking of Which, Sven, of Capcom, better be doing something About Localizing Ace attorney investigations 2 for other countries too!
  • misfit119 - June 27, 2011 10:21 p.m.

    Screw that. Nintendo, give me freaking Fatal Frame 3 you kiddy loving monkeys! I'm sick of hassling with this patch.
  • dphoenix192 - June 27, 2011 9:41 p.m.

    Well, Xenoblade has already been confirmed for the US so I'm not worried all that much about that. Pandora's Tower has only been out for a month in Japan, so I think there is time before Nintendo even should announce anything on it. The Last Story has been out since January in Japan, so Nintendo has had sufficient time to decide whether they want to localize it or not(although some jrpgs can take up to a year to localize, I'm looking at you luminous arc.) I do hope that all 3 get localized, and will probably pick up all 3 just because people are putting so much effort in trying to get them localized.
  • RacattackForce - June 27, 2011 9:31 p.m.

    Yeah, this campaign is working toward a North American release of the games.
  • Ariaka - June 27, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    Tangerine, Xenoblade Chronicles has a European release date already. We're looking for an American one here, I'd think, and I'd love to see it.
  • Tangerine - June 27, 2011 9:23 p.m.

    Great idea, but does anyone think there is actually any chance this will help produce a European release if successful?
  • Corsair89 - June 28, 2011 12:54 a.m.

    I'm in full support.
  • SanctusScorpius - June 27, 2011 10:26 p.m.

    @dphoenix192 "Well, Xenoblade has already been confirmed for the US" No. No it hasn't. Don't be fooled by an automated PR response that people have been getting since last year or earlier. Disaster got a similar response and it never came out in NA. Do NOT spread the disinformation that Xenoblade is 100% confirmed.
  • RacattackForce - June 27, 2011 9:25 p.m.

    There are already plans for a European release of Xenoblade and Last Story

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